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Canadian Soprano Chelsea Rus is in her second season as a young artist in the Atelier Lyrique de L’Opèra de Montreal. A recent graduate of McGill University (M.Mus), Chelsea began her studies at Kwantlen Polytechnic Universtiy with a diploma in Voice performance, and went on to complete her bachelor’s degree and sing her first of many operatic roles at the University of British Columbia. In 2016, Chelsea was the inaugural winner of the Elizabeth Wirth Vocal Competition. Rus has appeared repeatedly as a soloist with many of the prominent symphonies on the West Coast of Canada, including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. In 2017 Rus was at the Soprano soloist with the Orchestra Symphonique de Laval in Quebec in Handel’s Messiah and the Soprano soloist in the Ethel Smyth Mass in D with the Chœur et Orchestre Symphonique de Laval.
Rus had her first performance in Europe very early on in her operatic career. In 2013, she appeared as Lisak from the Cunning Little Vixen with the Usti nad Labem Opera House in the Czech Republic. As a winner of the 2014 Johann Strauss Competition, Chelsea had the opportunity to study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 2015, Chelsea travelled to Amsterdam as a finalist in the prestigious Belvedere International Competition.
Chelsea’s operatic appearances include Venus (Venus & Adonis, Opera McGill, 2014), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi, Opera McGill, 2015), Countess (The Marriage of Figaro, Kelowna Opera, 2015), Beth (Little Women, Opera McGill 2015), and Adina (L’Elisir D’Amore, Opera McGill, 2016). As a part of Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century festival at the Banff Centre, Chelsea played the role of Female Chorus in The Banff Centre’s production of Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. Chelsea appeared as Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen with the Orchestre Symphonique de Longueil and again a few months later with the National Academy Orchestra as a part of Brott Opera Festival.
Chelsea recently made her mainstage debut with Opéra de Montréal as Il Pastore in Puccini’s Tosca. She also performed Berenice from L’Occassione fa il ladro in the Rossini festival in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia. In February, she will join the Orchestre Symphonique de l’Agora for a concert of excerpts from Mozart’s Da Ponte Operas. Chelsea will appear with Opéra de Montréal as Lena in Svadba, a Serbian opera by contemporary composer, Ana Sokolovic. With the Sinfonia de Lanaudière, Chelsea will portray Nadia from La Veuve Joyeuse.